International Maritime Music


International Maritime Music

 

Songs of the sea and those who sail upon it have become an increasingly popular part of Tall Ship Celebration. Each year, we seek out the most talented shanty musicians in the world and invite them to perform for you as part of our maritime festival. Sponsorship from SC Johnson supports the appearance of participating musicians especially those traveling from Europe like Bernie Davis from England, Harmony Glen from The Netherlands, Iarnrod from Finland, and Pod Waitr and Za Horyzontem from Poland. Participating musicians from the US include Lee Murdock from Illinois, Roane from Michigan, and Hoolie and Whiskey and Water from our own Great Lakes Bay Region.

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Bernie Davis (England)

Bernie is a natural entertainer whose songs and stories bring alive those far off days of hard-case captains and bucko mates, legendary clipper ships, dock-side floosies, shipwrecks and Cape Horn storms that were the Golden Age of square rigged sailing ships. For many years, he has been a regular performer at major nautical & sea-song events throughout the U.K. and Europe. Accompanying himself on melodeon, concertina and guitar, his repertoire includes a wide variety of traditional sea songs and some original songs which are now being picked up and used by other performers.


Bocca Musica (Michigan)

Bocca Musica is an international, award winning, band based out of the Metro Detroit area. Known for their spicy and raucous sense of humor, they perform a wide range of genres from original pirate and bawdy tunes to Celtic and traditional sea shanties. No matter where Bocca goes or what they sing, one thing remains the same...their love of tight harmonies and making people laugh!


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Harmony Glen (The Netherlands)

Harmony Glen is a Dutch folk group founded in 2005. Their music is based on Irish-Celtic folk but regularly incorporates sounds from other parts of the world. The band stands out not only through their music but through their stage presence as well. Harmony Glen's shows have been described as “Irish Folk Extravaganza” and people who attend can't seem to stand still as the energy is always on a maximal level. The band has toured extensively throughout Europe including festivals in Denmark, Germany, the Azores, United Kingdom and Belgium. In Ireland, they participated in the Fleadh Cheoil (world championship for traditional Irish music), the first band ever from Holland to make it into the world finals.


Hoolie (Michigan)

Hoolie is an internationally acclaimed trio specializing in maritime music, and songs and stories of the Great Lakes. Kathy plays tin whistle, banjo, bodrhan, and guitar,guitar. Bruce on fiddle and concertina and Jerry on guitar and harmonica, All sing lead and harmony vocals. Hoolie is right at home in performing concerts, festivals, renaissance fairs or pirate events. The exuberance, energy, and sheer fun, will make you want to hoist anchor and follow them to their next port-of-call. 


Iarnród (Finland)

The group Iarnród hails from the Aland Islands in the Baltic Sea in Finland, Northern Europe. They sing and play shanties, roots music and as you might guess from their name, traditional Irish songs. All this they do with a unique creative flair.


Lee Murdock (Illinois)

With 20 CDs and still counting, Lee Murdock has uncovered a boundless body of music and stories in the Great Lakes. There is an amazing timelessness in this music. Great Lakes songs are made of hard word, hard living, ships that go down and ships that come in. Noted as a fluent instrumentalist, Murdock's musical influences span fifteen generations, combining ragtime, Irish, blues and folk styles with his flair for storytelling in songs. Making folk music for the modern era, Lee Murdock’s work is a documentary and also an anthem to the people who live, work, learn and play along the freshwater highways of North America.


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Pod Wiatr (Poland)

Pod Wiatr hails from Poland, a country surrounded by sea to the north and mountains to the south. The natural beauty of their homeland’s borders inspires the band's music. Since their founding in 2006, Pod Wiatr has kept a consistent theme of traditional nautical songs with Irish and Bluegrass twists. An impressive repertoire of instruments include: violin, banjo, low and thin whistle, flute, mandolin, sopilka, accordion, bodhran, acoustic bass and guitars. The band has been a fixture at over twenty nautical festival around Europe and made their U.S. debut at Ballads and Brews in July 2015.


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Roane (Michigan)

With a unique acoustic sound and intricate three part vocal harmonies, Roane specializes in Celtic, folk, and maritime music. Their repertoire consists of traditional Celtic melodies, American traditional favorites, and sea shanties with their own personal twist. Roane’s original compositions embrace the spirit of the storyteller. Pouring out heart-felt lyrics and melodies, their music embodies the soul of their Celtic ancestry, while adding their own modern harmonies and instrumentation.


Whiskey and Water (Michigan)

The five members of Whisky and Water hail from Bay City and Midland, Michigan. Their expertise in numerous musical instruments and styles regales audiences at halls and stages all over Michigan. Collectively members have honed their craft through experiences with classical training, Marine Corp and other bands, European tours and torchbearer of family legacy. Whisky and Water engages audiences, singing and performing fast-moving jigs and reels, sea shanties, sea songs, and the occasional waltz or Irish polka. Dancing is welcome; singing along is irresistible.

 


Za Horyzontem (Poland)

Za Horyzontem is a Polish folk group whose songs tell stories about the sea from a female point of view. Their music is inspired by Irish folk music and they play their own original material. Since 2003 they have performed almost 500 concerts both in Poland and abroad. Colorful costumes and feminine charm create performances that are entertaining and engaging.


International Maritime Music Schedule

Friday, July 15, 2016

Time

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

Wenonah Park

Bernie Davis

Hoolie  

Pod Wiatr

Lee Murdock

Bernie Davis

Pod Wiatr

 Za Horyzontem

Vets Park

Iarnrod

Roane

Bocca Musica

Roane

Iarnrod

Whiskey and Water

Harmony Glen

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Time

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

WENONAH PARK

Bernie Davis

Hoolie  

Roane

Lee Murdock

Bernie Davis 

Whiskey and Water

Za Horyzontem

VETS PARK

Roane

Iarnrod

Pod Wiatr

Bocca Musica

Pod Wiatr

Iarnrod

Harmony Glen

SUNday, July 17, 2016

Time

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

WENONAH PARK

Bernie Davis

Hoolie  

Roane

Lee Murdock

Bernie Davis

Za Horyzontem

Bocca Musica

VETS PARK

Pod Wiatr

Iarnrod

Za Horyzontem

Pod Wiatr

Whiskey and Water

Iarnrod

Harmony Glen